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Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:06 am

Earlier this week, Star Alliance, the airline network for Earth™, was voted Best Airline Alliance at the Business Traveler Awards held in London. In accepting the award on behalf of the alliance and its 18 member carriers, Philip Saunders, Vice President Commercial, Star Alliance, said, “What makes this award special is the fact that the voters are bona-fide travelers, hence people who actually make use of our products and thus is testimony to the fact that we deliver the alliance customer promise consistently across our global network. There is also real significance in us winning this award in one of the world’s most competitive aviation markets, the United Kingdom.”

The awards are recognized throughout the industry as the premier honor for business travel, and span 43 categories from hotels and airlines to car rental and luggage brands. The readers of Business Traveler UK were polled between April and June 2006, with the results having been analyzed by the independent research company Marketing Direction Limited.


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MCOflyer
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:09 am

Amen to that. Thats why i'm a Plat member of US.

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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:33 am

Congratulations to all Star Alliance members. Nice to see them getting award for this year  Smile.
 
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:39 am

The fierce price competition between United and Lufthansa on e.g Frankfurt-Chicago Business Class makes them a popular alliance for me.

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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:45 am

Quoting Keesje (Reply 3):
The fierce price competition between United and Lufthansa on e.g Frankfurt-Chicago Business Class makes them a popular alliance for me.

United and Lufthansa share revenue on that segment.

Edit: Don't mean to sound like a "know it all", as I'm far from. 25 years of working there and i learn new stuff everyday, so sorry if it sounded rude. I just can't stand how so many on this site think they are the voice of fact. This site shouldt be that

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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:00 am

No surprises here, but well done *alliance.

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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:55 pm

wow...what a surprise!
no doubt they would win it since they have the best network coverage among the 3. besides, they ve got the more 'high quality service' airlines than any other alliance.
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:00 pm

Well done Star Alliance, without doubt the best out there.
 
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:29 pm

From just taking a look at the other alliances - this is for sure no surprise at all.
Good for STAR ALLIANCE anyways!
 
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:59 pm

Congratulations to the Star Alliance - The Airline Network For Earth
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 8:23 pm

Quoting Keesje (Reply 3):
The fierce price competition between United and Lufthansa on e.g Frankfurt-Chicago Business Class makes them a popular alliance for me.

LH and UA have antitrust exemption from both the EU and the US. They do not compete with each other. They collude in every possible way including price-fixing.
 
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:00 pm

congrats to star... and though it's a great alliance, star's strenght is in Europe, US and SE Asia which helps cover most of biggest makerts, but they lack one in China and of course, south america (actually, all of latin america), because that's exactly what they lack to be trully the best.... from mexico down to argentina, they lack good coverage and daily service... in this region, they are pathetic... they need a strong player in latin america.... I still can't believe they let go Mexicana, or that Varig is now basically defunct.... start really needs to focus in getting someone from latin america, and they don't have to get the biggest player, just get 2 or 3 smaller airlines that cover the map well and they'll finally will be the alliance for earth... anyways, hope they keep on their good work!
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:38 pm

Lemme guess, Jacobin777 would have voted for One world...just a hunch  biggrin 

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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:04 am

Quoting Atnight (Reply 11):
they lack one in China and of course, south america (actually, all of latin america

They are working on those gaps. Shanghai Airlines and Air China have already been announced as future Star members, giving this alliance the biggest China coverage. There is also some new code-sharing with TACA, perhaps a sign of future membership for them.
 
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:25 am

So how do I stop flying American and using ONE WORLD, when AA is usually the cheapest where i fly...  Sad I used to be big US Airways fan until, moving to Mexico, were AA is a better option.
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:27 am

Well done Star Alliance.

Just a shame their UK airline (BD) doesn't deliver the same quality of service as the other alliance members.
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 2:46 am

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 15):
Just a shame their UK airline (BD) doesn't deliver the same quality of service as the other alliance members.

Now I remember why ive moved my business to Air France, and the superior service on skyteam
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 3:22 am

Quoting Sam1987 (Reply 15):
Just a shame their UK airline (BD) doesn't deliver the same quality of service as the other alliance members.

Now imagine if we can get BA to leave, AA and OneWorld and join Star...

:D

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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 4:22 am

Quoting Captaink (Reply 17):
Now imagine if we can get BA to leave, AA and OneWorld and join Star...

It's difficult to imagine BA and LH in the same alliance.

I fly Star Alliance (four Star Gold cards) not because I think they're a better alliance, but because they have more service to my home airport than OneWorld and SkyTeam put together.
 
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:27 am

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 10):
LH and UA have antitrust exemption from both the EU and the US. They do not compete with each other. They collude in every possible way including price-fixing.

Could you include US Airways in that statement? As they have very close links with LH on the PHL and CLT routes to Germany...

Great to see Star Alliance winning this accolade which I think is well deserved.

I would echo the same sentiments of several other people in the thread, and is a pitty to see the airline that represents the UK (British Midland) to be such a weak player in this alliance. In terms of Service, Routes and their Strategy... Fortunately we have many other Star Alliance member serving the UK which fills this void.

While were talking about the Star Alliance... There were strong rumours several months ago that US Airways were considering leaving Star Alliance since their recent merger with American West. Are these rumours still about or are US Airways in the alliance for the long term?
 
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:30 am

Congratulations to Star Alliance. I think its a no-brainer given the level of coverage and the quality of the airlines that make the alliance. Good luck Star in the future!

Quoting Atnight (Reply 11):
congrats to star... and though it's a great alliance, star's strenght is in Europe, US and SE Asia which helps cover most of biggest makerts, but they lack one in China and of course, south america (actually, all of latin america), because that's exactly what they lack to be trully the best.... from mexico down to argentina, they lack good coverage and daily service... in this region, they are pathetic... they need a strong player in latin america.... I still can't believe they let go Mexicana, or that Varig is now basically defunct.... start really needs to focus in getting someone from latin america, and they don't have to get the biggest player, just get 2 or 3 smaller airlines that cover the map well and they'll finally will be the alliance for earth... anyways, hope they keep on their good work!

= Well, China has already been covered with the induction of CA. The real big hole is India, and I know that negotiations are on for an airline to join by mid to end 2007. Over Latin America, the other big gap for me is the MENA-region where if Star can get ET it would be a wonderful coup. Else, QR also looks like a strong bet. This would boost not only MENA- traffic, but also strenghten African reach which cannot really be done with hub carrier SA.

GROWTH in Latin America is significantly behind most regions and hence Star has not been actively courting Latin carriers. I think they are looking for a strong partner in the region - personally, while odds are against it, I would love JJ to be a Star carrier. TA is rumoured - but TA does not generate premium and connecting traffic as Star would like. Also, the dynamic of the Latin market is unique. Latin America (outside Brasil) primarily trades with the U.S. and Europe. Business traffic is generally between Latin America and Europe/U.S. UAL and Star European carriers already cater to this market and GENERALLY have superior products than most Latin carriers. Most business folks within intra-Latin America are price sensitive and usually travel Y. Thus, the benefit of having a Latin airline which cannot provide strong linkages and traffic to other Star airlines is weaker than what CA or an Indian carrier can. However, if Star can court an airline with a promising hub, who knows what can happen ... Avianca would be another of my favourites for that. Hub Bogota can work ... and while I might be dreaming, so can CONVIASA. CCS is probably the ideal location for a pan-Americas/Europe/Caribbean hub and has a kick-ass airport to support it. (Well, getting to the airport is a whole different story  ).

Of course (and finally) Latin America is looking beyond short-sighted Castellano-centric policies and embracing true globalization ... Brasil's extremely successful links with India (trade growth from 400 million in 1999 to 5 billion in 2005 and expected to be 12 billion in 2009) and South Africa; and Chile and Mexico's less successful courting of East Asia are an indication. So who knows  .

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zvezda
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:11 am

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 19):
Could you include US Airways in that statement?

I don't remember. Sorry.

Quoting Gilesdavies (Reply 19):
There were strong rumours several months ago that US Airways were considering leaving Star Alliance since their recent merger with American West. Are these rumours still about or are US Airways in the alliance for the long term?

I've not heard that. Everything I know points to US staying in Star.
 
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RE: Star Alliance Voted Best Airline Alliance

Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:20 pm

Why is this a surprise to anyone????? They have just about every airline besides Braniff and Pan Am, and SkyTeam and OneWorld's 5-10 members don't add up against Star's 4,000,375 members!!!!!!! Pretty soon SkyTeam and OneWorld will have to be Star Alliance Connection partners just to survive!!!!!
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